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Phase 2 Of Warner Park Parking Lot Construction To Start Monday

Phase 2 Of Warner Park Parking Lot Construction To Start Monday

Phase two of the Warner Park parking lot construction will begin on Monday, Aug. 22 and continue through late fall, according to the Madison Parks Department.

The parking lots for the Community Recreation Center and the Warner Park shelter can only be accessed from Northport Drive during the construction.

The parking lot for youth football can only be accessed from Sherman Avenue.

There will be no through traffic access in the parking lot during this construction time.

View Warner Park parking lot plan.

Feds Say Live, Dead Bats Reported At Dane Co. Airport

Federal officials said dead bats have been reported at the Madison airport, the origin of a recent Georgia-bound flight with a bat on board.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that baggage handlers at the airport reported seeing live bats on a regular basis, along with occasional dead bats. CDC spokeswoman Danielle Buttke said bats generally don't die in open areas unless they're sick or suffered trauma.

She said federal officials are ready to lend their expertise to Wisconsin toward studying the possible bat colony.

Airport officials said they are optimistic the investigation will show the airport is clear of any health issues.

Warner Park Renovations Cited By Ballpark Digest

Warner Park Renovations Cited By Ballpark Digest

The baseball publication, Ballpark Digest, has awarded Warner Park its 2011 Ballpark Renovation of the Year award.

"Renovation, as opposed to new construction, is the hot trend in ballpark architecture," said Kevin Reichard, publisher of Ballpark Digest, in a news release. "It’s cheaper than new construction, and with a little planning it’s greener than new construction. The makeover of Warner Park by the Mallards and the city of Madison is a textbook example of how a ballpark renovation should be done. It was done at an affordable price level, most of the old ballpark was recycled for other use in the ballpark and it truly added to the comfort level for fans."

Opening in 1982 as the home of the Midwest League’s Madison Muskies, Warner Park also served as a venue for the Northwoods League’s Mallards when the team opened for business on June 2, 2001.

Public Health Department In Search Of Dog That Bit Woman

Public Health Department In Search Of Dog That Bit Woman

The Madison Dane County Public Health Department is looking for more information regarding a dog that bit a woman on Monday morning.

The bite occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the McCormick Dog Park at 702 N. McCormick Avenue. The woman was bitten when she tried to break up a dog fight, officials said.

The dog is described as a mixed breed dog with long black and white hair. It weighed about 50 pounds. The owner of the dog is decribed as a white man, in his 30s, with curly hair and glasses.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call an animal services officer at 608-255-2345.

If the animal is not located the woman will likely need a series of painful and costly shots to prevent rabies.

Hit-And-Run Car Crash Leads To Graffiti Arrest

Madison police said authorities tracked a graffiti suspect after following a trail from a hit-and-run crash on Thursday morning.

Authorities said a caller reported someone had driven into a parked car on the 2100 block of Sheridan Avenue and fled the scene, leaving automotive fluid from Sheridan Drive until Novick Drive.

Police said they found a van parked with front-end damage and deflated air bags after following the trail. Officers entered the home of the suspect, Charles H. Flack III, 28, of Madison, and found a sketchbook with the drawing of an octopus.

Authorities said the drawing was similar to the large squid or octopus graffiti reported Monday night on the northwest side of the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

The suspect denied being the graffiti perpetrator. Flack was arrested regardless.

Authorities said they noticed two large tattoos, one of a squid and another of an octopus, on the suspect’s body.

Man To Stand Trial In Deaths Of 2 Children

A Madison man accused of killing his girlfriend's two young sons has been bound over for trial.

Detectives testifying in Dane County Circuit Court on Tuesday said that David J. Hoem, 28, confessed to the killings of 3-year-old Kemaury McArthur and 4-year-old Kevin McArthur.

According to court documents, Hoem killed the boys after an altercation with their mother July 4.

Detectives said Hoem told them he blacked out and came to with his hands around the boys' shirts.

Police said the boys were found dead inside a car parked on Madison's north side.

Hoem's lawyers questioned whether their client had been read his Miranda rights.

Madison Man Charged With Child Porn Possession

A man was charged with possession of child pornography after a raid on his apartment last month on the city's north side.

David G. Schrankler was charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography.

Special agents from the state Division of Criminal Investigation and the Dane County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at his apartment in the 5500 block of County Highway CV in Madison on July 28.

Authorities said that computers, computer media and "miscellaneous documents" were seized. According to a criminal complaint, DCI analysts said that they found numerous sexually explicit images of children.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.